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Michael Douglas to Star as Sex Addict in Solitary Man

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September 17, 2008

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Having a 63-year old Michael Douglas play a sex addict isn't exactly what I'd call appetizing. Although, I love the guy in just about anything so I'm willing to give the co-directed (by Brian Koppelman and David Levien) film titled Solitary Man a chance. According to Variety, Douglas plays a character who's a "former owner of a car dealership chain whose career and marriage were destroyed by his business and romantic indiscretions." I suspect Susan Sarandon will play Douglas' wife, who is in talks to co-star, along with War of the Roses pal Danny DeVito and "The Office" actress Jenna Fischer. Douglas as a satyriasis car salesman? This already sounds like a great movie and it hasn't even start shooting!

Koppleman, who wrote the script for Solitary, and Levien previously co-directed Knockaround Guys starring Vin Diesel, which I found to be a pretty dark and enjoyable ride. I don't see Solitary going in as much of a physical direction as that 2002 film, but I suspect Douglas will lead a pretty amoral, fun and obscure story. DeVito and Sarandon are also pretty reliable additions to any film, although I'm not speaking for DeVito's time on "Sunny In Philadelphia" or Sarandon's Speed Racer performance. Of note, Paul Schiff and Steven Soderbergh are producing Solitary, while Koppleman and Levien wrote Soderbergh's next movie The Girlfriend Experience. Production for Solitary begins in November in New York.

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  • Are you doubting Danny DeVito's performance in It's Always Sunny? He is god damn hilarious in that show.
  • meNotYou
    @Andy: I agree totally! I can't believe that anyone would not find his Sunny in Philly performance absolutely hilarious. The comment in this article seems to imply that he's actually bad in it. WTF???
  • I don't know why it's so completely unrealistic to cast Michael Douglas as a sex addict. He *was* a sex addict. He got treatment for it in, like, the 80's.
  • avoidz
    Semi-autobiographical? :)
  • Richie D Lirious
    When Behind The Candelabra.....how to go from Gordon to GLITTER MAN !!! Michael Douglas IS LIBERACE !!!....will be after MattAdore flamencoes to Liberace's Malaguena !!!!! Hugh Jackman as the very young Liberace ? Why not for the prequel TOO ? !!! Robin Williams as Liberace's manager, Seymour Heller ? YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESS DYNAMIGHTY !!! Kirk Douglas as Liberace's father, Salvatore ? WHY THE HELL NOT ? !!! Kathy Bates as Liberace's mom, Frances ? SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO INTENSELY INTERESTING !!! Gary Sinise as Liberace's brother, George ? SERIOUS AS A HEART ATTACK !!! Sally Field as George's wife, Dora ? ( the other Ms in Ms Doubtfire ) Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley ? His plastic surgery will be in & out in around an hour !!! .....and you know I almost thought Kurt WAS Elvis ? !!! George Clooney as Jack Benny ? YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESS you know he could be just as intensilly funny TOO !!! Matt Damon IS Scott Thorson !!!.....Matt could even do " The Elton John Story " biopic if he wanted TOO !!!!!
  •   Flamenco Tanka.... Shirtless Matt-adore, Whirl your bike helmet-for-bull, Twirl your red silk shirt, Pool-side by moonlight, ballet, Lee key-dance Malaguena !

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